"Biodiesel that we are using is recycled cooking oils," said Peter Bourne, President of Bourne's Energy.
Wednesday the fuel provider cut the ribbon on a biodiesel blending plant in Morrisville. "Basically we are taking fossil fuel -- the biodiesel -- in a pipeline, pounding the molecules together so they become attached to one another, then are pumped into trucks for delivery to our customers," Bourne said.
The facility is slated to pump out roughly 100-thousand gallons of the blend a year to heat homes and businesses.
"It's a cleaner fuel, it's environmentally the right thing to do. It's an economic great thing because Vermonters get the local benefits of a biofuel made in the region and Bourne's gets the benefit of keeping customers and keeping their energy future bright," said Vt. Public Service Commissioner Liz Miller. Miller said it's a step in the right direction toward a Vermont goal to have 90-percent renewable energy statewide by 2050. "Where we really need to see transformation is in transportation and in heating, which is why this project is so exciting because it shows what's possible, not just for Vermonters who are customers, but for the business -- Bourne's as well," she said.
Bourne will not say how much money it put into the project or if it's taking a financial loss, but he said it will sell the biodiesel to customers for the same price as its traditional fuel. "Probably from a business perspective it's not the brightest thing we've done, but what it is, is it's the best thing we've done," he said.
The project was completed with 45-thousand dollars in federal money.
Friday, May 24 2013 10:25 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:25:31 GMT
A hole in the road closed one of the routes into Canada Friday.State Police say Route 5 in Derby Line is closed near Caswell Avenue because of a hole in the pavement just a couple of feet over the lineMore >>
A hole in the road closed one of the routes into Canada Friday.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:17 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:17:06 GMT
It was a storm that left residents with more damage than they could have ever imagined. "The basement has about 13 inches of water," said Bob Genter of Underhill. And preparing for the aftermath of theMore >>
Flash floods left destruction across the region. And the rain is not over. Heavy downpours left some people trapped in their neighborhoods as emergency crews work to try to clear the roads.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:54 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:54:18 GMT
Vermont State Police say the following roads have been closed due to flooding:UNDERHILL: VERMONT ROUTE 15, CILLEYHILL POKER HILL ROAD NORTH UNDERHILL STATION ROAD PAIGE ROAD DAUDLIN ROAD BROWNS TRACE,More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:20 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:20:50 GMT
As the cleanup gets underway from Thursday night's flash flooding, the focus shifts now to the broader impacts of rising rivers from around the region. All the rain so far and more to come is running intoMore >>
All the rain is running into larger streams and rivers that are moving rapidly toward flood stage.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 12:44 PM EDT2013-05-24 16:44:50 GMT
Heavy rains have caused more flooding problems around our region, and the situation could get worse as the rain continues to fall over the holiday weekend. So far, the impact has mainly been seen in roadMore >>
Heavy rains have caused more flooding problems around our region, and the situation could get worse as the rain continues to fall over the holiday weekend.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:51 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:51:55 GMT
Over the river and throught the woods isn't just the way to grandma's house, its the way a lot of people are having to travel just to make it to their front door. Dormant brooks and sleepy streams turnedMore >>
Strong rains Thursday flooded roads in Essex.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:25 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:25:14 GMT
A rainy Vermont City Marathon forecast isn't slowing down runners or organizers. "Well, we're going to make some liquid sunshine out of all of this rain. That's the only choice we've got right now," saidMore >>
The countdown is on to this weekend's Vermont City Marathon and final preps are underway. Those finishing touches are coming in the rain, but organizers say the weather isn't slowing things down.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:35 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:35:15 GMT
The bad weather has forced the postponement of the annual Memorial Day parade in Essex. The parade is held annually on the Saturday morning of the holiday weekend. But after all the rain and flooding damageMore >>
The bad weather has forced the postponement of the annual Memorial Day parade in Essex.More >>